Maintaining optimal dental health requires a combination of diligent at-home dental care as well as high-quality professional treatments. When you come in to see our Saint Louis dentists, you can be sure that you are going to receive excellent professional care. But what can you do to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine?
Here are simple tips straight from our Saint Louis dental team:
1. Don’t skip flossing
Most of the patients we see are already brushing their teeth every morning and night (if you are not already, now is the time to start!). However, a surprisingly large number of dental patients fail to floss every day. One of the best things that you can do for your smile is to start flossing every night before you brush your teeth. This simple action will help you get rid of even more plaque than you would by brushing alone.
2. Don’t sip sugary drinks
We all know that drinks with a lot of sugary and refined carbohydrates can lead to cavities. What you may not know is that the way that you consume these drinks matters as well. If you do indulge in the occasional sugary drink, try not to sip on it throughout the day—it is better to drink it in a fairly short period of time. When you sip throughout the day, you prolong the amount of time that sugar sits on your enamel, and thus you prolong the mount of time that oral bacteria are able to feed on these sugars.
If you want even more tips and tricks on maintaining a healthy smile, our Saint Louis dentists would be happy to give you the answers and support that you need. Please call us or use the Contact Us page on our website in order to get started!